Young Aline is twelve years old in 1942. She loves her family but is embarrassed by their poverty. The other girls at school don't raise chickens or take in boarders to make money. Angry that her mother can't spare a dime for a collection drive at school, Aline steals it from her purse. As she seeks to make amends, she reevaluates everything she held to be true, including her relationship with her sworn enemy, Jeanine (whose family is even poorer than Aline's), and comes to the understanding that it's not material wealth that brings happiness, but life's bright and shining moments, which can happen under any circumstances.
Bright Shining Moment